Kinleith Mill has been part of our community since 1953.
Introducing Kinleith Mill
- Kinleith Mill has been a part of the community since it opened in 1953. It currently produces packaging papers and bleached softwood kraft market pulp.
In producing pulp and paper, Kinleith Mill also manufactures a range of chemicals including hydrochloric acid, liquid chlorine for municipal water treatment and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and Turpentine.
Kinleith Mill holds large quantities of hazardous materials.
Materials with potential for off-site impacts:
Chlorine, a highly toxic gas – 250 tonnes
Chlorine dioxide, a highly toxic gas – 8 tonnes
Turpentine, a highly flammable liquid – 85m3
Hydrogen peroxide, an explosive liquid – 50m3
Holding such large quantities of hazardous materials means Kinleith Mill is designated a Major Hazard Facility (MHF).
Worksafe NZ requires MHF operators to prepare a Safety Case that demonstrates how the facility is as safe as it should be and includes a comprehensive Emergency Plan.
WorkSafe NZ have accepted our Kinleith Mill Safety Case and are confident in our ability to safely manage chemicals.
The emergency plan.
What is in the kinleith mill emergency plan?
- Lists of hazardous chemicals held on site and their properties
- Details of emergency scenarios and risks
- Procedures for containing and controlling accidents
- Coordination roles and personnel contact details
- Alarms, evacuation procedures and community response information
- Training and preparedness plans
A major incident could affect you.
We want you to be prepared.
What are the worst-case scenarios?
A chlorine or chlorine-dioxide release could cause a toxic gas plume to drift several kilometres downwind of the mill.
A fire resulting from ignited turpentine could generate very large amount of acrid black smoke.
People working or living close to the mill are most likely to be impacted by these types of events should they occur.
Here’s what to do.
If in doubt, seek shelter.
What to do in a major emergency at the mill:
– Hear a site alarm – Smell chlorine – See large amounts of smoke drifting towards you – Receive notification from emergency services
– Stay indoors or seek shelter – Close external windows and doors – Seal gaps with blankets, towels or duct tape – Turn off heaters, air conditioners and exhaust fans – Close fireplace dampers